Practical framework on return to work for Law Firms and others
- Office workers should continue to work from home where they can
- Offices, law firms and organisations can remain open (or re-open if they have been closed) provided they follow the government’s COVID-secure guidelines (as set out below)
- Calls or video conferences should be encouraged to avoid in-person meetings with external contacts or colleagues outside someone’s immediate team wherever possible
- Staff who have to go to the office should do so. If they need to use public transport, they should consult the government guidance on how to travel safely
- Staff who need to travel internationally for work are able to do so (quarantine restrictions may apply)
- Staff who need to stay in overnight accommodation for work purposes are allowed to do so
- If face-to-face business meetings are required, these can take place not limited to the rule of six, and indoors. This does not include social gatherings with work colleagues
- The government has committed to publishing new social distancing, face mask and other long-term measures ahead of step four (pencilled in for 21 June)
The government’s COVID-secure office guidance has not changed in a significant way from autumn 2020. It includes new provisions on ventilation of spaces and non-mandatory lateral flow tests.
If your organisation carried out a COVID risk assessment in 2020, we encourage you to review it and cross-reference it against this framework. This will enable you to check that the measures you have put in place are working and identify any further improvements.